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ANN ARBOR IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE: REVISITING THE CARL R. PROFFER AND ARDIS LEGACIES

ANN ARBOR IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE: REVISITING THE CARL R. PROFFER AND ARDIS LEGACIES
A Symposium at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
September 20-21, 2013

This symposium commemorates the 75th anniversary of the birth of University of Michigan Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Carl R. Proffer (1938-84). 

Together with his wife Ellendea, Carl Proffer launched Ardis Publishers (1971-2002) and the RUSSIAN LITERATURE TRIQUARTERLY (1971-91), establishing Ann Arbor as home to the foremost Western publisher of Russian and Soviet literature of its day. 

Symposium presenters will reflect on Proffer’s and Ardis’ contributions to Russian literature and culture and Russian-American relations and on U-M’s rich legacy as a center for the study of dissent in the Soviet Union and as a refuge for Soviet writers and artists (including Joseph Brodsky, poet-in-residence at U-M, 1972-1981). 

WEB LINK TO LIVE STREAMING VIDEO (Workshop and Tribute): ummedia11.adsroot.itcs.umich.edu/itsComm/weiser.html

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP | ARDIS PUBLISHERS AND THE RUSSIAN LITERARY CANON

Friday, September 20
2:00-5:00 pm - Koessler Room, Michigan League

Opening Remarks:
OLGA MAIOROVA, CREES director and associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures, University of Michigan

Moderator:
MICHAEL MAKIN, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, University of Michigan

Presenters:
ALEXANDER DOLININ, professor of Slavic languages and literature, University of Wisconsin
“Proffer and Nabokov Revisited”

DENIS KOZLOV, associate professor of Russian history, Dalhousie University
“At the Twilight of the Thaw: Soviet Literature and Society during the Late 1960s”

MARK LIPOVETSKY, professor of Russian studies, University of Colorado Boulder
“Ardis’ Vision of Contemporary Russian Literature: Thirty Years Later”

ANDREW REYNOLDS, associate professor of Slavic languages and literature, University of Wisconsin
“Mission, Omissions, Missives to the Future: The Ardis Atlas of Contemporary Russian Literature”

Discussants:
NATALIE MCCAULEY, Ph.D. student in Slavic languages and literatures, University of Michigan
SARAH SUTTER, Ph.D. candidate in Slavic languages and literatures, University of Michigan

TRIBUTE | ANN ARBOR ON THE MAP OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE: A TRIBUTE TO CARL R. PROFFER 
Saturday, September 21 
1:00-5:30 pm, Rackham Amphitheatre

Introduction:
OLGA MAIOROVA, CREES director and associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures, University of Michigan

Presenters:
ROBERT G. KAISER, associate editor and former Moscow bureau chief, The Washington Post
“Ardis and the Preservation of Optimism”

BARBARA HELDT, professor emerita of Russian and women’s studies, University of British Columbia
“Larger than Life: Beginnings and Significance of Ardis”

GERALD S. SMITH, professor emeritus of Russian, University of Oxford
“Ardis: A British View”

ALEXEI TSVETKOV, poet and essayist
“Ardis Publishers: My Personal Gateway into Russian Literature”

IRINA PROKHOROVA, literary critic, cultural historian, and head of the New Literary Observer magazine and publishing house, “Russian Literature according to Ardis: A Present-day Publisher’s Perspective”

ELLENDEA PROFFER TEASLEY, co-founder of Ardis Publishers and MacArthur Fellow
“Carl Proffer and the Why of Ardis”

Editors/Translators/Friends Roundtable: 
NANCY BEARDSLEY, RACHEL IZRINA, WILLIAM KALVIN, RONALD MEYER, FRED MOODY, TATIANA NIKOLSKAYA, CHRISTINE RYDEL, and MARY ANN SZPORLUK

EXHIBIT | ARDIS: SAFE HOUSE ON RUSSIA’S LITERARY UNDERGROUND RAILWAY

Friday, September 20 & Saturday, September 21
10:30 am-12:30 pm; Stephen S. Clark Library, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library (2nd Floor S)

Items on display from the University Library’s Ardis Archive

Curated by JANET CRAYNE, Librarian, Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collection, and KATHLEEN DOW, Head, Archives Unit, Special Collections Library

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SPONSORS: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Comparative Literature; Department of English; Department of History; Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies; Institute for the Humanities; International Institute; Office of the Vice President for Research; University Library’s Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collection and Special Collections Library; and Zell Visiting Writers Series;

Olga Maiorova
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Michigan

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